Charging the iPad Mini 2 when planning a trip to Australia

How to connect an Australian power outlet to the iPad Mini 2

Australian power outlet

Complicated combinations of region codes and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what to pick up in advance to power your iPad Mini 2 . When you're visiting Australia the following useful instructions show how to charge your iPad Mini 2 by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type Australian power supply. If you are visiting Australia from another country ensure that your iPad Mini 2 can be charged using a 240v supply. If it came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional transformer to prevent the device from overheating during charging. These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini 2.

Charging the iPad Mini 2 in Australia

Can you use the iPad Mini 2 in Australia?

Yes, you can connect the iPad Mini 2 to an Australian power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Australia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your iPad Mini 2 then the best travel charger for Australia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your iPad Mini 2 supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your iPad Mini 2 at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Australia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the iPad Mini 2, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from America going to Australia using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and offers practically the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Australia. [6] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for recharging the iPad Mini 2 in Australia?

Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

Using the USB Lightning Apple cable and a Type I USB charger to charge your iPad Mini 2 with an Australian power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the iPad Mini 2 from an Australian power outlet you'll need a Type I USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should normally supply the cable with the iPad Mini 2).
  2. Begin the process by plugging the Type I USB power adapter into the Australian power outlet. This plug supply, technically called the Type I power outlet [3], can be identified by 3 thin slots for the live, neutral and earth. Please note that the live and neutral blades are reversed compared to Argentinian power outlets so please check that your Type I travel adaptor is compatible in Australia.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB Lightning cable into the bottom of the USB charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini 2. The iPad Mini 2 lightning connector is found at the base of the iPad Mini 2.
  4. Turn on the Australian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon that you'll find in the top right hand corner of your iPad Mini 2 screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the tablet is charging which should take roughly 1 - 4 hours to recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini 2 from an Australian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type I USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - Australian country wikipedia page
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type I power outlet
  4. Type I USB power adapter - Type I USB chargers use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, under C$20.
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, under C$15.
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing C$15-C$20.